Minor damage, flooding reported following outbreak of strong storms

Minor damage, flooding reported following outbreak of strong storms
Damage in Dixie caused by during storms on April 18, 2019. (Source: Alison McIntyre)

PINE BELT (WDAM) - The greatest threat for severe weather in the Pine Belt has passed. The National Weather Service in Jackson issued tornado warnings for Jefferson Davis, Forrest, Lamar and Jones counties Thursday afternoon, but those warnings have all expired.

WDAM has received reports of localized flooding and tree branches down around the viewing area. We’re have not heard any reports of major damage or injuries.

The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department tweeted at 4:43 p.m. about a reported tornado touchdown west of campus. Another tweet at 4:55 p.m. said the tornado had passed south of Hattiesburg and was no longer a threat to campus.

The Storm Prediction Center listed the Pine Belt as being under an “Enhanced Risk” for severe weather Thursday. That is a three on the one-to-five scale where five is the highest risk for severe weather.

Storms are expected to be out of the area by 10 p.m.

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